Becket Hill State Park Reserve

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Coordinates: 41°22′20″N 72°17′58″W / 41.37222°N 72.29944°W / 41.37222; -72.29944
Becket Hill State Park Reserve
Connecticut state park
Country  United States
State  Connecticut
County New London
Town Lyme
Elevation 253 ft (77 m) [1]
Coordinates 41°22′20″N 72°17′58″W / 41.37222°N 72.29944°W / 41.37222; -72.29944 [1]
Area 260 acres (105 ha) [2]
Established Unspecified
Management Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Location in Connecticut
Website: Becket Hill State Park Reserve

Becket Hill State Park Reserve, often misspelled as Beckett Hill, is an undeveloped Connecticut state park located in Lyme, Connecticut, United States. The 260 acre park abuts Nehantic State Forest and is bounded between the Uncas Lake and Norwich Pond in the west and the land extends east. Becket Hill State Park Reserve is named for an early settler of the area named Becket and the land was part of the Nehantic tribe's territory. The land was given to the State of Connecticut in 1961 by the George Dudley Seymour Trust and became the state's 76th designated State Park. The park is itself unmarked and undeveloped, but the Uncas Lake which serves as the boundary for the park has been asserted as one of the best fishing spots in Connecticut. Becket Hill itself is listed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as a walk-in park, but activities include hiking and picnicking. The directions provided by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are for the Nehantic State Forest and there is no marked trails allowing access to the Becket Hill area. Direct access to the Becket Hill State Park Reserve is possible through roads off U.S. Route 1.

History[edit]

Becket Hill State Park Reserve is named for an early settler of the area named Becket and the land was part of the Nehantic tribe's territory. This state park was acquired by the State of Connecticut in order to preserve the hill, but unlike the abutting Nehantic State Forest, Becket Hill is has accessibility problems and is returning to a natural state. Becket Hill's territory lies between the south side of Norwich Pond and the northern and northeastern side of Uncas Lake (also known as Hog Pond and Uncas Pond) and extends eastward.[3] The Uncas Lake is named after Uncas, chief of the Mohegans.[3] A small brook known as Falls Brook on some maps is listed as making its way between Uncas lake and Norwich pond.[4] In 1961, the land for the Becket Hill State Park Reserve was given to the State of Connecticut by the George Dudley Seymour Trust.[5] Beckett Hill was first listed on the Connecticut Register and Manual for 1962 with its present 260 acres of undeveloped land.[6] The Becket Hill State Park Reserve is the 76th designated Connecticut State Park.[5]

Activities[edit]

Becket Hill State Park Reserve is an undeveloped walk-in park that is has no facilities or specific activities according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.[2] The Oh Ranger website lists picnicking as an activity, but notes that visitors should "contact the park for information on hiking".[7] The Day notes that "[i]f all you want to do is hike, this undeveloped property is suitable."[8] The park is itself unmarked and undeveloped, but the Uncas Lake which serves as the boundary for the park has been asserted as one of the best fishing spots in Connecticut. Both the bounding Norwich Pond and Uncas Lake have boat launches from the Nehantic State Forest and no motorized boats are allowed.[3] The waters are stocked with brook, brown and rainbow trout by the State of Connecticut and the waters include largemouth bass, yellow perch and sunfish.[3]

According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection the Becket Hill State Park Reserve accessed from the junction of Connecticut Route 82 and Connecticut Route 156 by proceeding 4.9 miles on Route 156 and turning left into the park entrance, but this has been reported as the entrance to Nehantic State Forest.[2][9] The A to Z of CT State Parks website, features an account that the site is all but inaccessible and does not have a trail leading from Nehantic State Forest to the area that is marked on the park maps.[9] Oh Ranger's website provides different directions that starts in Old Lyme, Connecticut and follows Lyme Street to High School Road for 0.9 miles before bearing right onto U.S. Route 1. After 2.1 miles on Route 1, bear left onto Grassy Hill Road and proceed 1.4 miles before turning left onto Blood Street, follow for another half mile to Beckett Hill Road on the right.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Becket Hill State Park Reserve". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b c "Becket Hill State Park Reserve". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Leary, Joseph (2004). A Shared Landscape: A Guide & History of Connecticut's State Parks & Forests. Friends of the Connecticut State Parks, Inc. pp. 130–131. ISBN 0974662909. 
  4. ^ "Beckett Hill State Park Reserve, CT". Itouchmap. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Good Ole Days". The Day. July 31, 1986. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Connecticut Register and Manual - 1962. State of Connecticut. p. 437. 
  7. ^ a b "Beckett Hill State Park Reserve". Oh Ranger. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Cotter, Betty (August 15, 2013). "Centennial SoJourn spotlights state parks in an 11-day trek". The Day. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Beckett Hill State Park". The A to Z of CT State Parks. March 11, 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 

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